After a highly successful first season at Stamford Bridge in which he secured a Premier League top-four place and the Europa League trophy, Maurizio Sarri is leaving Chelsea.
The news leaves the Blues, for the second consecutive summer, frantically searching for their next manager before the start of the new season and hoping to make an appointment for more than just one campaign this time around.
Here’s what Redknapp stated on who it should be:
“Frank (Lampard) would be the perfect person. [Lampard] knows the game and obviously Jody Morris will come back with him if he does do that and Jody knows all the young players and will want to give those guys a chance.”
Even though Lampard is one of the leading candidates to take the Chelsea job, Redknapp’s wide of the mark on this one – perhaps family ties are clouding his judgement.
Lampard has been in management for a mere year at Derby County and only really achieved par for the course last season, just scraping into the play-offs but then doing well to beat Leeds United to get to the final.
So is he ready for what would undoubtedly be the biggest job of his career as a manager with his limited experience? The answer to that is no. Sure, one day he could make a great gaffer as he did a player at Stamford Bridge, but he must prove himself first.
On top of that, Chelsea are facing a rebuild following the exit of Eden Hazard while serving a two-window transfer ban. The idea of Lampard, supported by Jody Morris, coming in and using that time to bring through young players is an endearing one on paper, but in reality Chelsea’s difficult situation requires someone with vast experience and knowledge – not another novice thrown into the mix.